@Michigan State (2021), @Oklahoma (2021), @Illinois (2021), vs. Penn State (2020)
Very physical at the POA, is not afraid to attack ball carriers in the run game. Takes good angles and knows how to use his quickness to his advantage. A solid coverage CB but has to be physical with receivers to win at the POA. Wants to read the QB and react to what is thrown his way while moving laterally. Not super talented when it comes to athletic traits but has a good ability to react and recover. His pure ball skills may be one of his greatest strengths. Was able to attack the ball and make incredible swat downs multiple times. Versatile to the point where playing more slot CB may allow him to make a greater impact because of his pure tackling ability in space.
Not going to be a super athletic CB that can keep up with the fastest WR on the football field. Foot quickness and pure ability to change directions in a snap is not in his toolbox. When placed as a boundary CB, he is much better playing 5 yards off, then having to win with his natural athleticism in straight press coverage. Not going to show huge results in press coverage as well. Can fire with powerful punches but receivers with quick releases gave him fits and then he was caught having to recover. Being able to play the flats at a higher level has to improve as well. Was caught too far away and allowing a lot of underneath routes to then happen.
Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt is a physical and confident CB that can not only cover receivers well but make big time open field tackles for his defense. This is a 6’0” 205-pound CB that plays much taller than his height on film. Taylor-Britt may not have the fastest feet or natural speed, but he was able to make some incredible knock downs and pass breakups. There were times where he was beat on film but was still able to recover at a decent rate and make a solid play on the football. This is a CB that likes to read through the QBs progression in coverage and that tends to have him moving in a lateral shuffle. However, playing sideways gives receivers the ability to run a certain route to attack that coverage, and Taylor-Britt’s body position. Most of those routes tend to happen underneath, and then Taylor-Britt would be late in making the tackle. Being able to hide and develop multiple ways of dropping will be a key for Taylor-Britt to use at the next level. More development in press coverage will also be a huge asset to Taylor-Britt. Being able to attack that WR with a quick jab to get him off-balance needs to happen more often. Overall, Taylor-Britt is a quality CB that teams can have playing all over, and even in the box matched on TEs.
When moving, this is not a CB that has that blazing fast speed and explosiveness. His foot quickness is not the best and at times his feet would stop. Good vertical speed, but when having to change directions quickly with sharp movement, it is an ability that needs more development. Moves well lateral and tends to move this way the most when in coverage. Plays with a lot of power, strength, and balance. Stronger CB then most, hits more like a safety playing in the box.
Big Play Ability
Played in a lot more man coverage then zone coverage during his playing career. Can play in zone because the ability to read the QB is there but is much better in man situations that allows him to lean on his physicality. Lot of lateral movement and reading the QBs eyes on film. He does have the pure strength to fire a powerful punch off the LOS, but quicker WRs with that blazing fast speed did give him issues at times. More hand usage in press situations needs to happen in more scenarios to get those WRs off-balance when releasing into their routes. Was able to recover on a few plays when beat down the field and still made diving swats on the football. Hip fluidity is not the best, more development in his fluidity would help his COD incredibility.
Surprisingly he can still close onto the football with good quickness even though he does not have the best COD ability. Has a knack for swatting and attacking the football when it is in the air. Not the best ball skills when it comes to making INT with only 1 in 2021 but can improve that number when more opportunities are thrown his way.
Is an aggressive CB that will attack in the ground game. Is not going to block shed off blocks at a high rate but was able to make a lot of physical tackles in the open field. Takes good angles on defenders and knows how to attack low with leverage.
Engage with Blockers
Plays the game with a lot of confidence and with high energy. At times, he could get beat on a quick 5-yard gain and would still be clapping his hands to motivate himself. Brings a good force of aggression when attacking ball carriers and will be continuously fighting to make a play for his team.
Could recognize certain routes coming his way based off the drop he takes. A lot of comebacks, curls, or even back shoulders were thrown his way because of how often and quickly he will drop to a lateral side shuffle in coverage. Could be seen playing in the slot CB role on running situations. Can matchup on TEs because of his physicality but size may be an issue there.